Mustang; the one and only hidden kingdom of Nepal covering an area of 2020 km2 (780sq mi). The estimated population of this whole region is only 15000. This region lies from (2800-3900m) above the sea level. Mustang divides into two parts; Upper Mustang and Lower Mustang(Lower Mustang Trek). Due to tough weather condition, winter migration takes place to a large number of population to come down to Lower Mustang from Upper Mustang.
Similarly, Jomsom is the main town of this region and has only one airport which runs only till 11 am due to strong wind there. In this Lower Mustang Trek Jomsom airport is the most popular gateway. Mustang is also a town behind the mountains is a dry region; as the gigantic Mountains block the cloud from all sides. Rainfall hardly occurs in this region. It is also restricted demilitarized area till 1992 which has become the main reason for the preservation of there rich culture, language, and traditions.
In recent few years, more than twelve caves were also discovered to the north of Annapurna. Paintings from the 13th century are also here and the Royal Palace of King Jigme Dorje Paldor Bista (who passed away in 2016) is still here. The oldest Gumba built before 700 yrs is still here in this region. The highest altitude we will face in Lower Mustang Trek is( 3800m/12467.19ft ) which is of Muktinath.
The main place to visit in this Lower Mustang Trek;
1)Ghorepani; This Location provides you breathtaking sunrise view which will be a panoramic view of the great Himalayas of the western region of Nepal.
2) Kagbeni; Small town in the Mustang region which have awesome religion influenced by Tibetan culture in the back of Kali Gandaki Region. It is the main town of Mustang and has a great location; as desert.
3)Muktinath; There lies a very famous Temple of Hindus, this temple gives the meaning of “place of liberation”. There also lies 100 taps which give a meaning that after taking bath from all the taps we will be free from all our sins; that is the main reason it has been a famous tourist destination place.
As you are picked from Tribhuwan International Airpot, Kathmandu you will be accommodated in a three-star level Hotel with Bed and Breakfast. We accommodate on the basis of twin shared room. A single room can be also accommodated upon your request. Your room will be facilitated with attached restrooms in the Kathmandu. During the Trekking premises, in some places, they only have a shared washroom and restroom. As you reach higher elevation single rooms may be difficult to manage.
During our Trek Authentic Nepali food is available and more common. You will also get international Cuisine such as Continental, Italian, Indian, etc. Breakfast-Dinner will be served as per lodge menu where we stay overnight. Lunch will be served on the trail of Next destination. During Trek, all meals will be provided whereas, only breakfast is served in Kathmandu. Sherpa Himalaya will serve you special last day dinner.
Physical Condition & Requirement
This Trek is a moderate level Trek. You will be walking for 6-7 hour a day on average. We will face the steep hill, cross steep, hilly terrain etc. We will be heading mostly uphill where we will face an average of 4000m altitude change. You will be given acclimatization day in between the trail so that you will not face altitude sickness. If you have strong determination and hope in yourself to reach the base of Mt. Everest then this Trek will not be that difficult.
If you have done any Trek before it will be your skill but you don’t require pre-experience or any training for this Trek. If you have any health problems it would be better if you consult with a doctor before your visit and give the details to Sherpa Himalaya so that we could customize your trip as per your body requirement.
Best Time to Visit
Weather in Nepal is quite a favorable. For trekking we have two peak season; Spring & Autumn. Autumn season starts from September to November whereas Spring season starts from March to May. Beside this two season, you can visit Nepal in other months too but it is quite cold in January and rainy in the month of July & August.
Your health safety and last destination with high-quality service is our Main priority. Your guide has the authority to bring change in itinerary, stop or cancel any part of your itinerary if it is very necessary due to safety concern. However, these kinds of problem rarely arise. Our effort will be to follow our given itinerary. Weather condition, health problem or any natural disaster and flight cancellation due to bad weather in the mountain may bring change in itinerary.
frequently Asked Questions
Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)
As you arrive to TIA Airport, Nepal you will be received by Sherpa Himalayan representative and you will be taken to three star hotel in Kathmandu. You will have facility of bed and breakfast.
Trek Preparation in Kathmandu
Today we will prepare for our Trek. We will check all the necessary gears and introduction with your Guide. You will be taken to shop If you have forgotten any gear that will be requiring in the Trek
Ulleri to Ghorepani [2750 m/ 9020 ft.], 4-5 hours trek
After breakfast, we will ascend towards Ghorepani village. The name Ghorepani’s literal Nepali meaning is ‘horse-water’ because ghorepani was a popular campsite for traders. Ghorepani is a small place but it is interesting and exciting with small shops and stalls for selling local products and crafts. The town is composed of two sediments: upper village and lower village. Ghorepani provides panoramic views of natural landscapes. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Tatopani [2700m/8,860 ft.], 6-7 hours
We will wake up early to view morning sunrise from viewpoint known as Poon Hill (3210m). Poon Hill is the most popular destination of trekking. One can also see Pokhara and even Mustang from Poon Hill. Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri range feels so near that one can think of flying to there. Altogether we can see 20 mountains from Poon Hill. After such pleasant start of morning, we trek towards Tatopani. We will stay overnight at Tatopani.
Tatopani to Ghasa (2080m)
The trail will continue up the Kali Gandaki gorge, which is considered to be the deepest gorge in the world situated between the two 8000m peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The trail will rise gently to reach Dana at 1400m, and on to Rupse Chhahara at 1550m. We will visit a stunning waterfall at Rupse Chhahara. The trail will then cross eastern bank of the river to reach Kopchepani. We will climb steep uphill and then cross a suspension bridge to reach Pahirothapla, the border of two districts (Magdi & Mustang) and the trail will make us climb to Ghasa at 2080m. Overnight stay at Ghasa.
Ghasa to Kalapani (2530m)
We will continue to ascend after breakfast. We will pass through Lete at 2470m, shortly before arriving at Kalopani at an elevation of 2560m. These are two small villages which will be resting point on our trek. Kalopani is also a viewpoint to experience the famous Nilgiri peak to the east and other mountain ranges as well. We will stay overnight at Kalapani.
Kalopai to Marpha (2665m)
After early morning breakfast we will head towards the beautiful village of Marfa which is famous for apple garden and apple wine locally known as Marpha. On the way to Marpha we will pass a Tibetan refuge settlement and then a horticulture research station. Marpha at 2665m is a large Thakali village with many excellent teahouses, but it still retains the typical architectural features of narrow alleyways, flat roofs, and whitewashed buildings. Marpha is famous for alcohol made from Apple. There are pine forests, beautiful villages on the way to Marfa. Local apple cider Marfa will be available for purchase and drink at local shops. Overnight at local lodge in Marpha.
Marpha – Jomson (2713m) – Pholyak
From this point northwards a strong wind begins to blow from about 10.00 AM onwards. So, aim to set out early and we initiate our trek after early breakfast. The trail begins to enter the rain shadow caused by the mountains and the tree becomes smaller. So they are few and far between and scrub taken its place. As we approach Jomsom via Ganjur Pass (it is a medium pass that we have to pass to reach Jomsom) the scenery changers again becoming like desert. Jomsom is the center of Mustang that contains several good hotels, bakery shops; army/ police check post, government offices. About three hours walking along the valley we reach to Tibetan pretty village of Pholyak where we will stay overnight.
Pholyak to Kagbeni (2810m)
After breakfast, the trek will continue up the Kali Gandaki river basin, with the terrain becoming much more barren and the breeze increasing as we pass through the gorge. We will then cross the river to the eastern bank and continue onwards to Eklai Bhatti at 2730m. Short uphill trek from Eklai Bhatti will lead us to Kagbeni (2810m). Kagbeni is situated at the junction of the Jhong Khola and the Kali Gandaki, and is the northernmost village that can be visited without a permit to continue on to Mustang. Kagbeni is also a gateway to upper Mustang trek. Overnight at Kagbeni.
Kagbeni to Muktinath (3800m)
From Kagbeni, the trail will be a steep climb up the Jhong Khola valley to join the direct trail to Muktinath just below Khingar at 3200m. From Khingar we will continue on the trail high above the Jhong Khola to the imposing village of Jharkot situated at an altitude of 3500m. From Jharkot the trail will climb up to our ultimate destination of Muktinath at 3800m. Overnight at Muktinath.
Muktinath to Jomsom (2713m)
We will be using the route from Muktinath to Jomsom as it is assumed to be safest. We will descend back to Jomsom - with beautiful high mountain scenery & views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri & other mountains along our route.Overnight at Jomsom.
Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara, 30 minutes
We will fly back to Pokhara via early flight. After reaching Pokhara, we can take a rest or explore surrounding locality of Pokhara and even do some souvenir shopping. Our guides will always help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. Farewell dinner at night and overnight stay at Pokhara.
Pokhara to Kathmandu, 6-7 hours
We will start our road trip early morning or we shall fly back to Kathmandu via early flight. Flight will cost you supplement money. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or explore surrounding locality of Kathmandu and even do some souvenir shopping. Our guides will always help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. Farewell dinner at night and overnight stay at Kathmandu.
This day is set aside for unforeseen conditions. This day is also reserved for proper rest and shopping at Kathmandu. One can enjoy local Thamel market or rest on this day.Today you will be invited by Sherpa Himalaya for Last Day Dinner. Overnight at Kathmandu.
If your schedule is to departure from Kathmandu we would drop you to the airport as per your schedule or you can extend your holiday if you have time.
Included in the Cost